Vegan Protein Powders

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    May 04, 2012 9:45 PM GMT
    Before anyone points it out, I realize a similar thread on this subject already exists, however that thread is two years old and I understand vegan protein powders have come a long way since then. So my question is if anyone has any recommendations for a good quality vegan protein powder. I know currently there is a pea protein, hemp and a brown rice one. After Googling for answers, I've come away more confused than ever. I don't care how much it costs; I just want the best one available. Thanks for the input ahead of time.
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    May 05, 2012 12:25 AM GMT
    I use vegan protein powders since I'm lactose intolerant. I've used the Vega brand for a while but eventually switched for a couple reasons. I found that I just wasn't getting any results with it. I had to use 2 scoops per shake, which meant that I was using a lot with little gain. Plus the fact that they are expensive meant I just wasn't getting my money's worth. So I switched to a beef based protein powder and had no trouble gaining. If you're vegan, I realize that won't work, but if you're lactose intolerant, I'd suggest doing that as an alternative to whey powders.

    http://www.nutrawayscanada.com/Vega-Sport-Performance-Protein--Berry-Flavour_p_1546.html#
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    May 05, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    Vega's probably the best tasting plant protein out there.... Haven't tried sun warrior. While they do add glutamine and bcaa's you should probably take more separately.
    Increase overall protein by adding hemp seeds and Chis to ur meals. Easy way to get it in.
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    May 05, 2012 2:05 AM GMT
    Has anyone tried this one? http://www.sunwarrior.com/store/protein-raw-vegan-vanilla.html
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    May 10, 2012 3:08 AM GMT
    Bump. I still haven't ordered any protein yet because I'm still confused as to the best one to buy. Anyone have any experience with these?
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    May 10, 2012 4:17 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidHas anyone tried this one? http://www.sunwarrior.com/store/protein-raw-vegan-vanilla.html


    They don't sound very serious to me.

    In the "nutrition facts':

    they say "calorie from fat : 5", while it indicate 1 gram of fat, and that's supposed to be 9 calories.

    they say "calories 70", while 15g of protein plus 4 grams of carbs are supposed to give : (15 + 4) * 4 = 79, plus the 9 from fat, giving a total of 88.

    Then, in the amino acid profile, trying to sum up the quantity of each of them, I find a total of 16600. Ok, picking visually values out the the graph is not accurate, yet the sum is around 16 grams, very far from the 100 grams indicated in the legend.

    Ok, let's admit it's serving size (21g), and that they just made a mistake in legend, and that I made large rounding error....

    But then, did you notice the the green bars for the sun warrior are always higher than the yellow one for eggs, excepts on two occasion and for small values ? it mean the plot doesn't represent the different percentage of amino acids between the three food, but want you to believe it just does that.

    They cite clinical studies to confirm claims... without giving references. Why on earth would they NOT give reference to studies proving they have a nice product if it was true ?

    In short, they make bold claims, and I suspect them to tinker data to present them in favorable light.

    It doesn't mean the product is bad, it just mean that I, personally, would not trust what they say.







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    May 13, 2012 7:05 AM GMT
    I like this one: http://amazinggrass.com/product/19/Amazing-Meal-Original-Blend-15-servings.html

    I use Vega One, too.

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    May 14, 2012 5:12 PM GMT
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    Scruffypup saidHas anyone tried this one? http://www.sunwarrior.com/store/protein-raw-vegan-vanilla.html


    They don't sound very serious to me.

    In the "nutrition facts':

    they say "calorie from fat : 5", while it indicate 1 gram of fat, and that's supposed to be 9 calories.

    they say "calories 70", while 15g of protein plus 4 grams of carbs are supposed to give : (15 + 4) * 4 = 79, plus the 9 from fat, giving a total of 88.

    Then, in the amino acid profile, trying to sum up the quantity of each of them, I find a total of 16600. Ok, picking visually values out the the graph is not accurate, yet the sum is around 16 grams, very far from the 100 grams indicated in the legend.

    Ok, let's admit it's serving size (21g), and that they just made a mistake in legend, and that I made large rounding error....

    But then, did you notice the the green bars for the sun warrior are always higher than the yellow one for eggs, excepts on two occasion and for small values ? it mean the plot doesn't represent the different percentage of amino acids between the three food, but want you to believe it just does that.

    They cite clinical studies to confirm claims... without giving references. Why on earth would they NOT give reference to studies proving they have a nice product if it was true ?

    In short, they make bold claims, and I suspect them to tinker data to present them in favorable light.

    It doesn't mean the product is bad, it just mean that I, personally, would not trust what they say.










    I was just about to order this one when I read your post. Guess I'll hold off and do some more research. Thanks for the info.
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    May 14, 2012 5:21 PM GMT
    Scruff,

    I've been using Nutiva Organic Hemp Shake. It's no bad, definitely agrees with me. I'm still getting accustomed to the taste and to the texture, but it's not bad.

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    May 14, 2012 5:37 PM GMT
    <3 VEGA!
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    May 14, 2012 10:32 PM GMT
    A huge concern for me is also sugar. So I want to be careful in choosing something that is low in that department.
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    May 15, 2012 2:55 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said^ Protein powder from proteinfactory.com can be sweetened with stevia.


    Yes, but now I'm reading bad things about the processed Stevia, so I'm looking in to ordering the raw green Stevia. *Sigh*
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    May 16, 2012 5:39 PM GMT
    So I just bought the Sun Warrior. 2 pounds for 54 bucks! Not exactly cheap but I'm more concerned with the quality and getting a good clean protein source without feeling like some poor animal is being tortured to death for it.

    Anyway, there are supposedly 47 servings which may not even last a month for me. I've only used it once, but I blended in with a lot of fruit in the blender so I can't actually give a review on the taste as of yet. I will post an update on the taste tomorrow, after I try it just mixed with plain water.
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    May 18, 2012 3:14 AM GMT
    Okay, so I tried the Sun Warrior protein powder in plain water. Here is my review:

    This protein comes in a resealable bag which I don't care for. Luckily, I have several empty protein canisters so I was able to divide it up into two of those....one for the house and one to keep at work. After reading the horror stories about the chocolate flavor, I purchased the vanilla. This powder has the consistency of baby powder (talc), but it's tan. I tried it in a tall glass with room temperature water and stirred it very well. But all the stirring in the world would not remove the lumps. So being in a hurry, I basically ended up with the lumps landing in my mouth where I was forced to eat them. If I had to put all the protein powders I've tried (and I've tried a lot) on a scale of 1-10, this one would come in at a 1. It's truly the worst protein powder I've ever used. In fact, it almost gagged me. It was fine in my blended fruit smoothie yesterday though. Although, that being said, if you're buying protein powder for the taste, you might want to redefine your goals.

    I will put up with the nasty taste as long as I feel good on it and I'm getting results.
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    May 18, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    Vega icon_smile.gif I must have most of the products they make icon_smile.gif
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    May 18, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
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    Hay guys, stop with the protein powders!! U benefit more with protein foods; like: temph, peanut butter; beans, fish, eggs and meats. U have a choice if ur a vegan here or not! Good luck! U also will save money.
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    May 19, 2012 2:47 PM GMT
    Perry123 said
    Hay guys, stop with the protein powders!! U benefit more with protein foods; like: temph, peanut butter; beans, fish, eggs and meats. U have a choice if ur a vegan here or not! Good luck! U also will save money.


    I work 7 days a week and have a VERY busy schedule, so I need something I can throw in a glass and slam it down my throat. It's either that or frequently go hungry. So a good quality protein powder is a life saver for me.
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    May 19, 2012 2:47 PM GMT
    staticpulse saidVega icon_smile.gif I must have most of the products they make icon_smile.gif


    I'm buying Vega next, as long as the ingredients are comparable to Sun Warrior.
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    May 19, 2012 3:15 PM GMT
    I am a big fan of vega as well.

    For the cost sensitive, Vegan Proteins is currently running 40% off of vega whole food optimize. The product is being replaced by vega one.

    http://veganproteins.com/
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    May 19, 2012 9:27 PM GMT
    The_Gingerhead_Man saidI am a big fan of vega as well.

    For the cost sensitive, Vegan Proteins is currently running 40% off of vega whole food optimize. The product is being replaced by vega one.

    http://veganproteins.com/


    Have you tried the Vega Performance Protein?
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    May 19, 2012 11:15 PM GMT
    I use both it and Vega One and am a fan of both.
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    May 20, 2012 12:20 AM GMT
    The_Gingerhead_Man saidI use both it and Vega One and am a fan of both.


    Would you recommend one over the other? The major difference that bothers me is the high sodium content of Performance, although since I don't have high blood pressure it's not that big of a deal.
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    May 20, 2012 12:28 AM GMT
    Well they kind of serve different purposes. One is meant to be a protein supplement for athletes and one is meant to be a meal replacement. I travel a lot for work and eating healthy on the road can be problematic. Vegan One helps cover my protein needs as well as 50% of my micro nutrient needs as well in one shot. I use performance protein for post workout nutrition and it has been great for that.

    So, I would say the recommendation really is dependent on what you are looking for. Are you looking for a meal supplement? Go with Vegan One. If you are looking for a workout out supplement? Go with performance protein.
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    May 20, 2012 12:35 AM GMT
    The_Gingerhead_Man saidWell they kind of serve different purposes. One is meant to be a protein supplement for athletes and one is meant to be a meal replacement. I travel a lot for work and eating healthy on the road can be problematic. Vegan One helps cover my protein needs as well as 50% of my micro nutrient needs as well in one shot. I use performance protein for post workout nutrition and it has been great for that.

    So, I would say the recommendation really is dependent on what you are looking for. Are you looking for a meal supplement? Go with Vegan One. If you are looking for a workout out supplement? Go with performance protein.


    I need both actually, so I'm ordering both products. Any advice on which flavors are the best? I normally go with vanilla because I can mix it with my fruit smoothies, but some vanillas are horrible. Sorry for all the questions.
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    May 20, 2012 12:48 AM GMT
    I use the chocolate and vanilla Vega Performance Protein. As protein powders go, I like the taste of both. I mix them with almond milk in a blender bottle and it dissolves them fine without an electric blender. I also really like the apple berry Recovery Accelerator which is mostly carbs. Especially after a long run. Vega One is great too. Best to get the plain if you want to mix with fruit.